THE 400

No, it’s  not a title  for a movie.

The  Sports Diva  has reached a milestone   and wasn’t  really aware of  it.

Even  though 30 Plus  Teams ,  30 Plus  Dreams  is about what to do  in a city after you’ve  been  to that baseball ,  hockey ,  football ,  or basketball  game, there hadn’t  been  any 30 Plus  Teams  Tour  of  anywhere to go to ,  thanks to you know  what .

Instead, it has been lots of  public transportation  rides somewhere in New York  City .

One thing hasn’t  changed though.

Many of  you are still interested  in  my little  old story, and a lot of you have joined along the way.FB_IMG_1596242970760FB_IMG_1596242940958

Many of you have been with me through my travel quotes, my visits to some sporting event, and you still want to know what’s  in my suitcase .

400 plus people want to know this and for that, I  am  very grateful  and extremely  blessed that you find my posts entertaining .

Even though there  is  no  airline  travel or travel to sporting events, (no fans but there are sports, people  ), I’m  going to keep on giving you the best posts that I  can.

I hope that you’ll  continue going on this blogging journey with me .

Thank you for liking my  little  story.

God bless  you ,  the Sports  Diva  FB_IMG_1596243018293



In a day or so, we’ll be in month number 4, April.

(That’s no April Fool’s Joke, either.)

Even though we’re still going through Covid 19, some people have done not one but two or more 30 Plus Teams Tours of their own.

Need I say that in April, God willing, the Sports Diva will be getting ready to do a three day 30 Plus Teams Tour of some city.

Sorry, but no guesses as to where I’m going to from y’all yet.

You’ll know soon enough.

But what about the rest of you?

Have you done a 30 Plus Teams Tour yet?

Let these quotes inspire you.


A couple of years ago, three and a half to be exact, I wrote a post on Tumblr about some of the things that really annoyed me.

Four years later, some of the things that I wrote about don’t annoy me as much.

Maybe it’s because I’m not as young as I used to be when even silly things really annoyed me.

Being closer to 70 years young has given me a little bit more patience and a different outlook on life, sort of.

Also we’re still in the middle of that pest that refuses to read the memo that it’s time for it to go away for good.

You know, Corona.

Here are just a few of the things that annoy me still.

A. People who seem to enjoy telling ME how I should spend MY money.

Sorry, I know all you financial planners and financial planner wannabes mean well, but sorry.

It’s my money.

If I want to spend it on booze, clothes, staycations, wigs or even throw those dead presidents up in the air, I can do that, cause it’s MY MONEY!

B. After all this time, can’t we find a cure for Cancer and Alzheimer’s? Or are we even really trying to find a cure?

C. Why is health care here in the United States so expensive, especially for us seniors? Doesn’t the fact that I’m on Medicare mean something other than being a cash cow for doctors and pharmacies?

D. Ignorant people who refuse to educate themselves on the world around them.

E. People who show up late for a sporting event, then leave early.

(You knew the Sports Diva would stick something sports related as one of her pet peeves, right?)

F. People who think women shouldn’t be interested in sports.

People, especially men, please stop it. No really, stop it .

Don’t take it there with that boo crap.

You might get cursed out by some female sports fan who knows just as much, maybe even more about sports than you do.

G. I don’t care if you’re a man or a woman, if you’re drunk as a skunk, I have no use for you whatever.

H. Wearing way too much cologne or perfume. Some people are allergic to it and besides, did you bathe in that Chanel Number 5?

I. People who don’t vote. I don’t care what your reason is. There’s no excuse under the sun to not do this. When I was growing up, many of my relatives in North and South Carolina couldn’t vote because of their skin color.

I didn’t think in my old age, it would be happening to my great nieces and nephews who are still down south.

Please get out there and vote. Educate yourselves, people.

J. Not thanking God for getting you up in the morning.

I’m sorry, even if you don’t believe in God, thank some being, whether it be Confucius, Buddha, Lord Krishna, or Allah for waking you up.

During this pandemic, a lot of people didn’t get to do that.

K. People talking loudly on their cell phones on public transportation.

I don’t want to hear about all your baby mamas or how your baby daddy isn’t giving you money for your child but he takes care of his other children, and I really don’t think the rest of us want to hear it either, just saying.

L. People who are mad at everyone, especially people who don’t look like them, and think the world owes them a living.

Oh you mad bruh? You had a “bad day”, so you’re going to take it out on people who NEVER did a darn thing to you.

Guess what? The world doesn’t owe you or anyone else, anything.

The only thing that the world is asking of you and people who think like you, is to be a halfway decent person.

Is THAT too much to ask?


I did it.

I had heard all the bad things that would happen from well meaning friends and family.

“My arm was so sore from the second one”

“I got chills. Is that supposed to happen with this one?”

“I got really bad dizzy spells.”

I didn’t get any other advice, but my landlady/cousin made sure she gave me some need to know stuff:

” You’ll still have to have a Covid 19 test when you come back from your trip. Oh and by the way, get me some proof that you had the test and it’s negative.”

I get what you mean, cuz, but really , proof like a note?

What are we in high school here?

Anyway, even though it was raining, the Sports Diva took herself back to York College and got the second dose of the Covid Vaccine shot.

This time it was so much easier.

There was a separate entrance for people who were there for the second dose.

There were no forms to fill out this time, just bring that appointment card and your New York State identification card.

My appointment was supposed to be between 9:15-9:30am, but at 8:39am, I walked on in, got my temperature taken and at 9:08am, after sitting down for about 15 minutes or so, I walked on out of the building, brand new bandage on my shoulder.

I explored the neighborhood of South Jamaica a little and walked into the place where I had my Covid 19 test, City MD.

I just had to know.

Did I STILL need to get a Covid 19 test when I come back?

I was told yes and by the way, I can get my results back the same day and to make my cousin happier than a pig in you know what, I can get a note for her.

God willing I’m ready.

Let that 30 Plus Teams Tour begin again.


In a few days we will have gone through two months all ready and going into month number three.

Some people have even been on not one, but a few of their own 30 Plus Teams Tours.

Sorry, the Sports Diva isn’t one of them.

But God willing, that’s going to change.

What about you?

Have you gone on your own 30 Plus Teams Tour yet no matter if it’s in your own backyard or the state or country over, if you can.

As usual, let these quotes inspire you.


I had been debating and debating about it since December or whenever it first was offered.

When it came time to do it, I was late.

Everything was booked up.

I finally got lucky and finally did it.

What is “it”?

I got my first Coronavirus Vaccine.

As a senior citizen over 65 years of age in the state of New York, I fell under category 1B as dictated by Governor Andrew Cuomo.

1B meant that senior citizens would be in the first group to get one of the two vaccines offered in the state, Pfiser and Moderna.

Group 1A was essential workers, and they were the first to receive the vaccine.

After I finally decided that I was going to take the vaccine, I found out how hard it was to schedule an appointment.

Many places only took you if you lived in the area.

Everything was booked up and it didn’t seem to matter if you tried to make appointments at CVS, Rite Aid or Walgreens or even at Yankee Stadium or Citi Field.

(Yes, the mayor of New York City and governor were so desperate for ALL New Yorkers to get this vaccine that they even made it available to get a shot at baseball parks.)

There were even appointments at the huge convention center, the Javits Center and Aqueduct Race Track, here in Queens.

The sad part was that you had to be vaccinated in the place that you lived.

So basically, if you live in The Bronx, don’t even think of going across the George Washington Bridge to New Jersey and try to get vaccinated there.

It’s not going to happen.

Finally two new centers opened up.

Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn and York College in Queens where I went.

These two are the largest vaccination centers in New York City, vaccinating 3,000 people in one day.

Except for a little bit of soreness, I’m feeling okay.

Now I’m not going to get into a debate with some of you on if you should get the vaccine or not.

It’s up to you and besides, that’s not how the Sports Diva rolls.

DO YOU BOO, but don’t forget the hand sanitizer and the mask,okay?

My second shot, also Pfiser, is going to be in the middle of March.

It’s also going to be at York College.

After much debating, I finally got off my rear end and put my feelings and fears to the side and got the Coronavirus Vaccine.

What took me so long?


We’re still in the middle of the virus that won’t go away but many people in the United States are still traveling.

Even if you’re doing your own 30 Plus Teams Tour, one thing never changes.

Please do your research before you go away, especially now during this pandemic.

Here in the United States, every state has their own requirements for entering that state.

If you don’t follow or research the requirements, your own 30 Plus Teams Tour is going to be delayed, let alone ruined.

My two great neices, S and B, plus S’s almost two year old son, found that out the hard way, or at least my two great neices did.

(I’m only using their initials not to embarrass the heck out of them, but because both of them are on social media and S just happens to be a reality star.)

Anyway, they were all set to go to on a 13 hour flight from Miami to Honolulu.

Bags were packed for all three of them, tickets purchased, covid tests done for the three of them.

They were ready for luau and lei time .

Or so they thought.

When the flight landed, they discovered that somebody should have done their research on Hawaii’s requirements for entrance to the Hawaiian Islands from the mainland.

The test that the three of them took in Miami didn’t hold water for Hawaii.

Baby S didn’t even need to have another covid-19 test.

(Yes, I said ANOTHER COVID-19 test. At almost two, Baby Boy S has traveled more than his great great aunt, the Sports Diva, and unlike me, he travels in First Class always!)

As for my two great neices, they couldn’t enter Hawaii with the tests they had.

So they left Baby Boy S with his daddy, who was flying in from California, and who did his research.

My two great neices had to fly to another airport to get another covid-19 test that Hawaii would recognize.

They had to take an unscheduled 5 hour flight to SFO, San Francisco International Airport.

There is a happy ending to this though.

They made it to Hawaii at 2am, Hawaii time.

The moral of this blog post is this-.

No matter where your own 30 Plus Teams Tour takes you, please do your research before you travel, especially during this pandemic.


It’s a new year and in a few days we’re going to be in a new month.

Have any of you traveled yet, even if it’s doing a 30 Plus Teams Tour in your own backyard.

Get out there and explore somewhere, even it’s the streets of New York or the streets of Fiji.

Many of us can’t travel due to you know what, but that shouldn’t stop you from traveling in your own backyard.

There are old and new things to see all the time, and you can’t tell me that you’ve seen everything there is to see whether you’re in London, England, London, Ontario, Canada, Moscow, Russia or even Moscow, Idaho.

You haven’t seen everything, so go explore your city.

As usual, let these quotes inspire you.


Today is a very special day.

68 years ago today, Praise God, Robert Lawery Senior and his wife, Marjorie Morrison Lawery, had a change of life baby girl, at Women’s Hospital in New York City.

That little girl was me, Jo Anna Marie, aka The Sports Diva.

I was the baby as they all ready had Barbara Louise Bernadette and Robert Lawery Junior.

Today, because of that virus that continues to miss the memo to just go away all ready, I spent my birthday not in another state, but a place I don’t go to often, and it’s a bus ride away.

It’s the Green Acres Mall in South Valley Stream, Long Island.

People were shopping and doing things that New Yorkers love to do, eat, drink and be in a hurry to get no place fast.

After doing some shopping and browsing, I went up to the food court, where a lot of the places were open for business.

Because I was on Long Island, the quarantine rules for New York City are different from what’s going on with Nassau and Suffolk County, Long Island.

It was so good to eat the food that New Yorkers grew up on.

No, not pizza, but Chinese food.

This was a special day but being in the food court again was very special.



By the time this post uploads, many of you will have all ready said, good riddance, don’t let the door hit you on the way out, and go away to the year from hell, 2020.

Who knows if 2021 will be any better?

Honestly, it can’t be any worse than 2020,which came in like an angel, but later turned into an asshole douchebag to put it nicely.

Don’t know what the rest of 2021 will bring, but it’s gonna be good in the beginning.

Hockey comes back in 12 days and the Sports Diva is liking 2021 all ready.

God willing, let those 30 Plus Teams Tours of somewhere, ANYWHERE, start again.

Call me crazy, but I miss writing about those ‘what’s in my suitcase’ posts that so many of you seem to like a lot.

For now though, 2021 is a couple of hours away.

Good riddance 2020, NOBODY is going to miss you.



In a few days, we’ll be in a new month and thank God a new year.

I don’t know about you, but the Sports Diva will be happier than a pig in cacapoo to see 2020 leave and take her friend, Corona, with her.

Some of us have gotten out there and flown in spite of the new strain of Corona that’s lurking in the shadows.

If you’ve been able to resume your own 30 Plus Teams Tour, good on ya.

To those of you who haven’t, as usual, let the travel quotes inspire you.